Perfect homecoming: Aegerter puts Ten Kate Racing on top after day 1 at Assen

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The WorldSSP Championship returned to action at the TT Circuit Assen for the Dutch Round with Swiss rider Dominique Aegerter topping the combined classification as he took to the track adorned in iconic yellow colours on both his leathers and Yamaha YZF-R6 as his Ten Kate Race outfit celebrated their home race.

The morning Free Practice 1 session was a battle between Aegerter and Steven Odendaal (Evan Bros. WorldSSP Yamaha Team) as the South African rider looked to get back to winning ways and close the gap to Aegerter in the Championship.

Both riders went under the lap record throughout the day, with Aegerter posting a 1’37.274s to top the times at the end of Friday by just 0.041s; the duo separated by just over a tenth but half-a-second clear of their nearest rivals.

Spanish rider Manuel Gonzalez (Yamaha ParkinGo Team) put in a strong last lap at the end of the disrupted Free Practice 2 session to slot into third place as he goes in search for his first WorldSSP podium at the venue he made his Moto2 debut at a few weeks ago.

Philipp Oettl (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) claimed fourth place on his Kawasaki ZX-6R, the only rider to not improve in the afternoon Free Practice 2 session.

WorldSSP at TT Circuit Assen - Friday

1. Dominique Aegerter (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha) 1’37.274s
2. Steven Odendaal (Evan Bros. WorldSSP Yamaha Team) +0.041s
3. Manuel Gonzalez (Yamaha ParkinGo Team) +0.550s
4. Philipp Oettl (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) +0.711s
5. Randy Krummenacher (EAB Racing Team) +0.883s
6. Jules Cluzel (GMT94 Yamaha) +0.910s